Allen, Thomas Walter

Tom was born the 1st October 1925 in Camperdown, NSW. He was an apprentice with Harbour Press before enlisting in the RAAF on the 25th September 1943. He trained as a Wireless Operator and flew Liberator bombers with 12 Squadron RAAF based at Truscott Airbase in the Northern Territory.  On the 20th May 1945, Tom was part of the crew of … Read More

Hopton, David Henry

David, an amateur historian, has always been interested in carefully recording his exploits during the War years. He was born on the 18th December 1921 in Adelaide, South Australia, and enlisted in the RAAF on the 20th July 1940.  As David tells it, “To start almost at the beginning, I am ex Flight Lieutenant David Hopton (No. 407174) and I … Read More

MacDonald, Ronald Sommerville, MID

Ron, as he was known, was the third son of Stuart and Annie MacDonald of Highland Plains, Clermont. His grandfather, Peter Fitzallan MacDonald, was one of the pioneering pastoralists of Central Queensland, and one of a family of pioneers and explorers. Ron was born in Rockhampton, Queensland, on the 2nd April 1916.  Ron’s obituary in the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin of … Read More

Walker, Brian “Blackjack” Reginald, DSO

Brian, or Blackjack as he was known to his friends, was born on the 27th March 1913 at Lyndoch, South Australia, and was the son of an Anglican Minister. As a young man and whilst working on the wharves, he visited Parafield aerodrome to see Charles Kingsford Smith and the “Southern Cross.” He walked around the aircraft and announced, “this is … Read More